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WEEE Producer Responsibility

WEEE regulations overview for producers

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (SI3259) (the WEEE Regulations) are UK wide regulations that transpose the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive that was adopted by the EC in 2003 (2002/96/EC and 2003/108/EC) view the WEEE Regulations document here and the 2007 amendment here.

Metal and Waste Licences and approvals

In addition to our obligatory waste management and treatment licences Metal and Waste Recycling are able to offer bespoke, closed loop solutions for WEEE treatment on a nationwide basis to BATRRT (Best Available Treatment Recovery & Recycling Techniques) and have been approved by the Environment Agency as an AE (Approved Exporter ) and AATF (Approved Authorised Treatment Facility).

Producer responsibility

The WEEE Regulations place new responsibilities on producers and importers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). These include taking responsibility for the financing, collection, treatment and recycling of electrical and electronic wastes.

The regulations include targets for the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) that will need to be treated, recovered and recycled.

If you MANUFACTURE – IMPORT – REBRAND – DISTRIBUTE – SELL — STORE – TREAT – DISMANTLE – RECYCLE – DISPOSE or USE. Any electrical or electronic equipment (EEE) with a voltage of up to 1000 volts AC or 1500 volts DC THEN YOU HAVE AN OBLIGATION

WEEE Consumers Rights & Obligations:

WEEE regulations overview for consumers

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2006 (SI3259) (the WEEE Regulations) are UK wide regulations that transpose the requirements of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive adopted by the EC in 2003 (2002/96/EC and 2003/108/EC)………. (Link to WEEE Regs)

In June 2007 the UK Government introduced new laws on producers of electrical and electronic equipment to take full responsibility for the products they have placed and continue to place on the market.

The objectives are to ensure producers accept responsibility for the cost associated in dealing with electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) at end of life and to encourage them to design more eco friendly and sustainable products and in doing so reduce land fill.

Consumer rights and obligations

First of all if you are buying new EEE and it does not have the WEEE logo on either it or its packaging you are advised “not to buy”

When buying replacement same as or like for like equipment IE: DVD for DVD or DVD for VCR you should ask what arrangements the retailer has for dealing with WEEE…… The answer will ether be:

  • They have an in store take back program and you as a consumer can return your old product to the shop free of charge
  • They have joined the Distribution Take-Back Scheme and should direct you to the nearest local council collection site who should have clearly market areas where you can dispose of your EEE………Note: If they are not displaying or cannot show you a certificate confirming they have joined the DTS program you can take your old items back to the store.
  • For large domestic items IE: Fridges, washing machine etc. The legislation require the retailer to remove the old items when delivering the new. There is nothing in the legislation that requires a charge for removal and the retailer may y may not apply a charge.
  • If you are disposing of computer equipment it is your responsibility to ensure your personal data has been removed. The best way to do this is to remove the Hard Drive and physically destroy it.

What is an AATF?

Approved authorised treatment facility

An AATF is a licensed ATF (1) (or registered exempt) site carrying out treatment on waste electrical and electronic wastes. Treatment can include depollution, disassembly, shredding, recovery or preparation for disposal. Any operator of a site or sites receiving WEEE direct from a designated collection facility (DCF), distributor or end-user can apply to become approved.

Only operators of approved ATFs (AATFs) can issue evidence notes for the treatment, recovery or recycling of WEEE that takes place in the UK. The evidence must relate to treatment, recovery and recycling being carried out on an approved site, or to further treatment, recovery and recycling carried out at further sites.

The evidence notes will be required by Producer Compliance Schemes on behalf of “producers” who will need to prove that a certain amount of WEEE has been treated, recovered and recycled. For further information on evidence notes see section 8.

Evidence of re-use and refurbishment of whole appliances will also count towards the recovery and recycling targets. If you are an operator of operate a facility which collects whole items for re-use and refurbishment, for example computers or large household items such as fridges, washing machines or cookers, and you operate under a waste management licence or exemption, you can apply to become an AATF. This will then allow you to issue evidence of re-use to compliance schemes and their producers.

If an AATF intends to undertake the export of WEEE or WEEE materials for further treatment, recovery or recycling, they will also need to be an approved exporter (AE).

If an AATF intends for someone else to undertake the export of WEEE or WEEE materials for further treatment, recovery or recycling they are obliged to ensure that they have been approved to operate as an AE (Approved Exporter)

 

What is an Approved Exporter (AE)

An AE does not need to be either an ATF or AATF but it still has obligation if it exporting WEEE for treatment, recovery or recycling outside the United Kingdom.

Only an AE is allowed to issue evidence notes for the treatment, recovery and recycling of WEEE that takes place outside the UK.

An AE will need to be able to supply evidence that each overseas treatment or recovery site operates to standards that are equivalent to those required in the European Economic Community.

The evidence notes will be required by compliance schemes on behalf of producers who will need to prove that a certain amount of WEEE has been treated, recovered and recycled.

Treatment outside of the UK

The WEEE Directive sets out that where WEEE is exported it should be treated and recovered at sites where the operation is equivalent to conditions as set out in the Directive.
 
This means that such overseas sites are operated in manner that achieves the level of environmental protection required by the Waste Framework Directive 75/442/EEC. That means that the overseas site must operate within a regulatory regime, which requires that

Transfrontier shipment of waste

An AE must comply with the provisions of the Waste Shipments Regulation (EC/259/93) which apply to the export of wastes from the United Kingdom. The regulation provides a range of different control procedures, which are determined by the classification of the waste and the country of destination.

Most transboundary shipments of WEEE will be subject to the TFS notification procedure. Regulation (EC/1013/2006

 

WEEE Evidence

Issuing evidence

Once approved, an operator (AATF or AE) can issue evidence notes against the tonnage of WEEE received or exported from the date of approval, through the rest of the compliance period, up to and including 31 January of the following year. Evidence notes, including substitutes, cannot be issued after 31 January.

The amount (tonnage) of evidence notes issued should not at any time exceed the tonnage of WEEE received for treatment or reprocessing, or exported.

Where approval is given to an operator for a number of ATFs, there must be separate auditable records for each site, which will support the evidence, issued.

Completion of evidence notes

Only the operator of the AATF or AE can complete the evidence note

Substitute evidence notes

The operator of the AATF or AE may issue substitute evidence notes when requested by a producer or scheme. No substitution can be made after 31 January for evidence notes issued on WEEE waste received for treatment, recovery and recycling in the previous year.

The aggregate tonnage value of any substitute evidence should not be issued for more than the original note.

The substitute evidence notes should include a reference to link it to the original evidence note.

Duplicate evidence notes

An AATF or AE should hold duplicate copies of evidence notes it has issued, and these should be kept by the approved business and should be made available for inspection by the appropriate authority at all reasonable times.

Management and records

The operator of the AATF or AE should retain records to support the evidence notes issued as specified in Regulations 52 and 53. The records should be kept for at least four years after the record is made. We may audit these records as part of compliance monitoring and assessment of future applications.

Certifications

Metal and Waste are certified to create bespoke, closed loop solutions for WEEE treatment on a nationwide basis.

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